RCPsych eNewsletter April 2019

Wendy’s Easter update reflects on a royal reception, European Congress in Warsaw and the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Our President Wendy Burn explains how psychiatrists’ expertise helped influence amendments to the Mental Capacity Bill, and what the changes are likely to mean for our members.

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Contemplating retirement? It could be an exciting new start. Our new web section for retiring psychiatrists provides information about the array of possibilities.

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Specialist doctors – your peers need you! Become a rep for the Specialty Doctors Committee and help us improve the recognition and opportunities SAS doctors receive.

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We’re launching a new Leadership and Management scheme for higher trainees with the aim of developing and support a new cohort of leaders within psychiatry.

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Pharmaceutical waste costs the NHS £300m a year. What can College members do to improve the situation and build a sustainable future?

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Parliamentary scholar Dr James Bowler, a ST6 Registrar in Child Learning Disability Psychiatry in Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Trust in Bristol, talks about being the College's Parliamentary Scholar to Professor The Baroness Sheila Hollins.

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We’re planning the next stage of our Choose Psychiatry campaign. Medical students and foundation doctors who help us can with an Apple watch.

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RCPsych in Northern Ireland updates

Read the Chair's blog and the monthly update.

RCPsych in Scotland

The office has been busy holding a successful Choose Psychiatry Recruitment event for Medical students and trainees in Edinburgh on 22-23 March and the Addictions Faculty Conference in Dunkeld.

Dr John Crichton represented the College when he attended the serious violence summit at 10 Downing Street, which was hosted by Matt Hancock MP.

We welcome two new members of staff who have started in Edinburgh, Laura Varney (Devolved Nations Press Officer) and Laura Hudson (Interim Policy Manager). The office will host the next meeting of the Scottish Mental Health Partnership on 26 April.

RCPsych in Wales

It's been a busy period in the Assembly, with the College giving evidence to proposed legislation into child chastisement as well as a proposed national obesity strategy. There were also further consultations on a code of practice on the delivery of autism services, and on mental health in the prison estate.
Additionally, we've seen two well attended conferences on mental health legislation delivered in partnership with Welsh Government.

RCPsych Publishing updates

BJPsych Advances call for papers

BJPsych Advances, RCPsych's peer-reviewed CPD journal for consultant psychiatrists, invites clinical experts to submit proposals for Articles, Clinical Reflections   Refreshments on current ideas, techniques and developments in psychiatry. Articles typically discuss comprehensive, practical approaches to clinical problems and explain the full range of therapeutic options, with useful features like MCQs, summary boxes, and associated commentaries. Find out more information about the journal or submit a proposal to the journal.

Access to RCPsych journals

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Library updates

Suggest a book

Is there a particular book we don't have that would make a useful addition to the library? Do you think we need more copies of an important textbook?

The Library welcomes suggestions from members for library stock. Members can send us an email at infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk or give us a call on 020 3701 2520. These can be for books, journals or online resources.

Items suggested will be carefully considered but not all necessarily obtained

Please always check the library  before making a suggestion.

Access to new journals and ebooks! Now available via your College OpenAthens Account

The library has extended its collection to include an additional 38 psychiatric journals and 10 ebooks! These include:

  • Comprehensive Psychiatry
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • European Psychiatry
  • Journal of Anxiety Disorders
  • Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging
  • Ford: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 2e
  • Maine: Treatment of Eating Disorders 1e

Check out the complete list

Members have access to these via our Access Journals & Databases page and their RCPsych OpenAthens account.

Please get in touch for more details.

CPD Online

CPD Online offers a selection of free modules for those without a paid subscription. You can log in to the free modules straight away using the same username and password with which you access the members' area of the College website.

Keep up to date with the latest CPDO eNewsletter.

Psychiatrist Support Service

Psychiatrists experiencing personal or professional difficulties can access free, confidential support via PSS - call on 020 7245 0412.

RCPsych Insight

What did you think of the latest edition of RCPsych Insight? Email us your thoughts to magazine@rcpsych.ac.uk, or tweet us using the hashtag #RCPsychInsight.

RCPsych International Congress 2019

International Congress, 1-4 July 2019, London:  the International Congress is now open for bookings.  This year’s event sold out and many were unable to secure their bookings on time. Make sure you don’t miss out in 2019 and book your place now.

2019 Forensic Faculty Conference

Missed this year's Forensic faculty conference? Fear not! If you head to the RCPsych YouTube channel, you'll find some new content from the conference, including videos of some key note speeches, as well as Q&As with a few of the speakers and their session's Chairs.

Fellowship 2019 – Call for entries

Call for entries for the Fellowship of the College is now open!

Fellowship of the College is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry. As it is a College award, candidates and citators are asked to demonstrate and evidence significant contributions to the core purposes of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Applications welcome until 30 June 2019.

Further information and how to apply

Foundation Trainee Conference

 Whether or not you are committed to a career in psychiatry, this event will help you to explore the many options open to you throughout foundation training and before entering specialty training. We are inviting submissions for poster presentations at our conference on any aspect of psychiatry until 1 May 2019.

Find out more about how you can submit your abstract (PDF)

Placement stories

Got a great experience to share about your placement? We’re looking for contributors willing to speak to us at Congress 2019. You can be a medical student, a foundation doctor, a core trainee or a higher trainee, we just want to know about ‘what worked for you’.

Please email bex.couper@rcpsych.ac.uk to find out more.

British Indian Psychiatric Association annual conference

The RCPsych is hosting the British Indian Psychiatric Association Annual Conference on 30-31 May 2019 in London, with talks with a range of international speakers and workshops, including a CASC Masterclass for trainees.

NHS Staff and Learners Mental Wellbeing Commission

The recommendations from the NHS Staff and Learners Mental Wellbeing Commission report are shaping the direction of wellbeing in the future, and it will shape the College’s position on wellbeing and retention for psychiatrists.

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April poll

Agree/Disagree: " I worry about how I will occupy my time when I retire."


March's poll results

"Is it important that the College supports sustainability in mental health care?"

Yes: 84% No: 16%

Read the commentary in this month's BJPsych Kaleidoscope column and take this month's quiz.

March's quiz answers can be now be found in the March Kaleidoscope column.

Read the full March 2019 Kaleidoscope column in BJPsych.

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